As the nation’s senior population grows, there is more focus on healthy aging programs to help seniors remain healthy and active as they age physically, mentally and emotionally.
According to WebMD, there are nine “tips” to staying at your peak in your senior years:
- Get Moving – Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain.
- Stay Social – Take a class, volunteer, play games, see old friends and make new friends.
- Bulk-Up – Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.
- Add Some Spice – Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.
- Stay balanced – Practice yoga or tai chi to improve agility and prevent falls.
- Take a Hike – Brisk daily walks can bolster both your heart and lungs.
- Sleep Well – Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.
- Beat the Blues – If you have been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.
- Don’t Forget – To aid your memory, make lists, follow routines, slow down and organize.
Use your past work experience and talents to volunteer. The work will benefit you and the community. Take educational courses to improve your mind and seek out opportunities to use this knowledge in productive ways.
Sport programs have also been developed nationwide to support seniors who wish to participate in organized sports such as basketball. The National Senior Games Association sponsors a competitive Senior Olympics.
Seniors and those nearing senior status look for financial support to maintain quality of life and pay for care during their final years of life. Nationally, 3 out of every 5 seniors will need some form of long-term care. Paying for this care can be devastating for those who are not prepared. Preparing for the final years of life by dovetailing government programs, with your assets and other funding sources is vital to long-term care planning and retirement.
The key is successful planning. Experts recommend you:
- Identify government income and care support programs
- Protect and preserve your assets
- Facilitate favorable outcomes for health, medical issues and final preparations
- Obtain family and community support
- Find the right living arrangements for you
Healthy aging – physically, mentally and financially – is a definite “can do” with a little planning for the future.